Privatisation of PIAFebruary 3, 2016 at 3:03 pm
Sir: As the government is using all its power to sell 26 percent shares of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) amidst opposition/union protests, the employees of PIA must keep in mind the sale of 26 percent shares of PTCL.
By selling 26 percent shares of PTCL, the government handed over the administrative control of the company to a foreign company after assuring protection of the rights of its employees/pensioners.
According to the Pakistan Telecommunication Reorganisation Act-1996 and even through the Share Purchase Agreement signed in 2005, the rights and status of the company employees/pensioners were protected but the company as well as the government denied their rights. Pensioners have been striving to get their rights restored for the last six years.
Even the guarantor of their rights i.e the government of Pakistan has approached the Supreme Court against them in review cases. The high courts of Peshawar and Islamabad as well as the Supreme Court of Pakistan have given clear verdicts in favour of pensioners/employees but the government is reluctant to implement these judgments. Delaying tactics are being used by the company and the government to get rid of these old age and helpless pensioners/employees.
So please never trust the government’s claims of not laying off employees after the privatisation of PIA.